"The keys not only bring life to your spirit, but death to the deeds of the Devil and all his demons of Hell."
Satan in Hell
First Published May 1981
Revelations 20: "And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season."
This is one of the shortest chapters in this amazing book of Revelations, and yet it covers one of the longest periods of time. It follows the battle of Armageddon--in the 19th chapter--in which Satan and the antichrist and the false prophet and the forces who have accepted the mark of the beast are defeated. They are all defeated by the forces of heaven, by a triumphal charge upon white horses out of the sky, an invasion from outer space.
This invasion from outer space takes place when those of us who love the Lord will come charging out of the sky upon white horses.
A horse was made for man to ride. If you just look at the shape of the horse, its back is perfectly shaped to take the body of man astride, and then its neck rising just in front of him with its head just before him so that its head is almost on an exact even level with the head of man. The average man is just tall enough to see right over the head of the average horse. Man was not made to fit the horse, but the horse was made to fit man.
Throughout the world even today horses are still used by many military forces, cavalry forces and police forces.
After this ride from the sky and outer space, and the heavenlies, from the great Marriage Supper of the Lamb to annihilate our enemie the devil is going to finally be bound by a great angel, bound by a chain--if not a literal chain, then something that binds him. He's a great spirit, a great evil power, so it is most likely not a literal iron chain but some type or form of bondage. He is going to be bound, and cast into the bottomless pit for one thousand years.
What is a bottomless pit? What is a pit without a bottom? Science has already proven that the heart of the earth is a ball of fire. That's where hell is, where the lake of fire is- the bottomless pit.
They say in the heart of that fire is the center of gravity of the earth, that if you were to bore a hole down through the crust, which is rather thin, that there is space inside. Well it actually is a ball of fire, it's hell! It is the bottomless pit. If you were to fall down into the heart of the earth, you would only fall down until you reach the center, and then you would be falling up.
I'll never forget a science fiction story I read, a theoretical story of what would happen to anybody if they fell in there. They would go zooming past the center falling so fast that their momentum would carry them far beyond the center up the other way --until they reached a certain point where they'd start falling back again and they would fall back and forth. The devil is going to do that for a thousand years in the lake of fire!
This thousand years period is mentioned six times and does seem to be a pretty important thousand years. Theologians and Bible students have called it the millennium, which is latin for a thousand years. According to the sixth verse, you and I are going to rule and reign with Jesus Christ for this one thousand years.
It seems we don't spend that entire first thousand years in Heaven, although we will be able to visit the Heavenly City. We have already been resurrected, raptured, had the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, charged in and won the battle of Armageddon and now we've taken over the world. We are going to rule and reign with Jesus Christ on the earth, for one thousand years. That's what the thousand years is going to mean to us. The devil and his crowd are going to spend a thousand years in hell, the lake of fire.
There is one more thing going to happen before the final Heaven. The millennium is not the final heaven. The millennium is the heaven-on-earth restoration of the Garden of Eden, the earth in its pure pristine original beauty and perfection without the curse and without Satan and without most of the wicked.
At the end of the millennium the devil is going to be let out for a little while to show you that "though mercy be extended to the wicked, yet he will not learn righteousness." (Isaiah 26:10) As soon as Satan comes out he again tries to deceive the people who survived the Tribulation and the Wrath of God and lived through the millennium under us, as their rulers. God lets him come out and looses him, and he lets him deceive them, to show you that they deserve just what they are going to get.
Even after a thousand years of perfect government under Jesus Christ and His saints and angels here on the earth, these wicked rebel again and follow Satan again to their final destruction. Fire comes down from God out of Heaven and devours the Satanic forces of the devil and his followers completely and wipes out all the wicked on earth in a gigantic fire. The entire surface of the earth is burned up and the atmospheric heavens explode and roll back like a scroll when God sits to judge the wicked at the Judgement Seat of God.
This is not the Judgement Seat of Christ. That has already occurred at the beginning of the millennium in which the saints are judged and rewarded according to their works. That's a different scene at the beginning of the Kingdom of God on earth. This is the final great judgement, the awful judgement of the unsaved! This is their first resurrection, their first resurrection when they are resurrected to face God at his almighty throne of judgement.
"And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."
Edited by Almondtree Productions